BLSays: It’s December, which means…

BobLee
December06/ 2018

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It’s December, which means… Lots of Foolishness!

What do you think of when the calendar flips from November to December?

Q: Have they played the Army / Navy game yet?  A: No, not yet, but probably soon. …

Q: Are those Hallmark Christmas Movies still the stereotype that millions so love and millions of others make fun of?  A: Yep; they sure are on both counts. … Blondie has watched over thirty of’em in the past two weeks.  Funny story… Blondie follows Hallmark actress Candace Cameron Bure on Instagram.  Blondie saw a picture of Ms Bure and her daughter dressed, in Blondie’s opinion, “inappropriately”.  She noted her opinion… and got zapped by Ms Bure.  YIKES!

Blondie and I are now tied in “# times zapped on social media” with “once each”.

Q: Why doesn’t anyone protest the term “Black Friday”?   A: I don’t know, I guess people who “protest” such things are too busy “protesting” the Eeeevil imbedded in Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer and Macy’s Parade’s Underdog balloon.

Q: Who is playing in The Dollar General Bowl this year?  A:  Troy versus Buffalo on Dec 22 in Mobile Alabama.  Has anyone ever waited anxiously for their acceptance letter “from Troy”?  Is there a coed at Troy named “Helen”? Is there anyone under the age of 50 named “Helen”?

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Moving right along…

That UNCCH “Black Athlete” Graduation Issue… ??? Huh, what UNC “Black Athlete Graduation Issue”?  About a week or so ago a lengthy article appeared in The News & Observer about the alarmingly low graduation rate for “black athletes” at UNCCH.   No, it was NOT written by “That Damn Dan” Kane or by anyone you’ve ever heard of.   It was written by some UNC grad student.

I would give you his name but I can’t pull up or link you to the article because it is behind The N&O’s pay-wall.  How can a newspaper have “a wall” but The United States’ can not have “a wall”?

You can google UNC Black Athlete Graduation Rate and maybe you can pull up the article.  How does “a UNC graduate student” gets an article published in The N&O… not a LTTE but an actual article like he was a for-real journalist?  Add that to my ever-growing pile of “I don’t know”.

Anyhow… it was a long article filled with numbers and %s and it appeared in The N&O so it must be “The Truth”, right? That’s a rhetorical question.

As I recall the UNC grad student is alarmed that the % of “black athletes” who actually graduate from UNCCH is alarmingly low when compared to other academic institutions.   “Troy” was not mentioned as a comparative institution.  The grad student / faux journalist thinks this is something that someone other than him should be concerned about.  My quite unscientific study did not find that to be the case.

Before I lost my one copy of the article I shared it with seven UNCCH alumni of  “my generation”.  All seven of whom profess a genuine interest in UNCCH… at least for the Football and Men’s BB programs and a sorta interest in the Fate of Silent Sam.

To my surprise, not ONE of those seven seemed at all alarmed, surprised, or gave a damn re: The Alarmingly Low Black Athlete Graduation Rate at UNCCH. 

Each of those seven are familiar with my landmark treatise on the Gladiator / Spectator Dichotomy in Big Time College Sports.  I note in that treatise that the only tangent point in the relationship of the Gladiators and Spectators is when said gladiators are actually performing for said spectators.

Do alumni / fans at other Power 5 schools care about the graduation rates of black athletes at their institutions?  Having restricted my survey to seven UNCCH alumni, I am not in a position to say how anyone else feels.

Maybe everyone in the UNCCH Family except those seven alumni ARE concerned, but I doubt it.  Maybe the whole article is bogus.  I doubt that but maybe.  In this Post-TGU World that we live in, maybe the academic legitimacy of “black athletes” at UNCCH is simply a sore subject.

Kinda like “How can Dickie Baddour, Deborah Crowder and that other “most ethical” woman get their full pensions as primary co-conspirators in The Greatest Academic Scam in NCAA History?”

When there is no reasonable answer to a relatively simple question… shrug ones’ shoulders and mutter “I dunno”.

Chancellor Chihuahua feels compelled to “apologize about Slavery”; but NOT so concerned about the alarmingly low graduation rate of UNCCH ‘s black athletes??   There I go taking cheap shots at Carol Folt… AGAIN.  I’ll get another nasty note from “JudgeBob”… sigh!

I suspect the article received much more attention among “hated rival fans” than it did with disinterested UNCCH alumni/fans.

I also shared the article with my friend Mary Willingham and with Dave Ridpath w/ The Drake Group.  After several years with a literacy program in Arkansas, Mary is now back in South Chicago working for a literacy program serving black youth.  “Helping black students learn to read” was all Mary Willingham ever wanted to do.  For that she was run out of Chapel Hill… and yelled-at by Chancellor Chihuahua.  The Drake Group is a group of academic administrators seeking reform in Big Time College Athletics.

Based on my personal experience with this recent N&O article, I’d say The Drake Group has their work cut out for them.  Wouldn’t you?More.

As of today, Mack Brown has NOT announced either Gene Chizek nor Kliff Kingsbury as Coordinators for Mack 2.0 Era at UNC.  Nor was Mack ever going to hire either one.

… The Chizek / Kingsbury Rumor was never anything but Board Monkey BS.  I try my best to shield you from that insipid crap but, alas, you believe it any way.  Mine is a hopeless task but I just love saying “I told you so”.

Someone told me… that someone told them… that they heard that… a lot of UNC fans are upset about the rehiring of Mack Brown.  NOT about “the alarmingly low graduation rate of UNC’s black athletes” but about rehiring Mack Brown.

Apparently those upset UNC fans wanted “another Larry Who from Hattiesburg”… or from Troy… or from Boone… or from wherever James Madison is.

Maybe they wanted “a black assistant from Georgia or Alabama”.  That is what Maryland and Colorado wanted… and got.

Now Maryland has “a black AD who was fired from Georgia for being pulled over in Buckhead with panties in his lap” AND “a black Head Football Coach who was fired from New Mexico for going 2-20 and for assaulting one of his assistants”.  To my knowledge, Mack Brown has no such issues on his resume.

Speaking of assaulting people, specifically women, girl friends, groupies, et al… I read that The NFL is still dealing with that issue.  Despite hiring a bunch of “Make’em Stop Beating Up Women” executives in The NFL HQ… their reforms, memos, and workshops don’t seem to be all that effective in curtailing the problem.  I’m SHOCKED… howabout you?

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Speaking of dealing with the problem… have you heard the latest whizbang proposal for What To Do With Chapel Hill’s Most Notorious Homeless War Veteran…  Silent Sam?  After several months of deliberation and an extension of several extra weeks of deliberation… “Chihuahua” Folt and her Merry Band of Trustees are proposing… Silent Sam

Building a $5,300,000 building on-campus to house SSam… rather than put SSam back on his pedestal… and rather than any of dozens of other plans that make much more sense. 

The $5.3M Silent Sam Mausoleum & Oyster Bar will also cost $800,000/year to “maintain”.  Whatever THAT means. 

NOTE:  “Fred” says he could maintain it with “a Swifter and some Windex” for $125/week plus supplies.

Guess What?  The mini-gang of obscenity-screaming anarchists don’t like Chihuahua & Her Trustees New Plan AT ALL.  They weren’t going to like ANY plan of course; because they are obscenity-screaming anarchists who pretty much Hate Everything EXCEPT Media Attention which they LOVE. … LINK.

I’m going to go way out on a limb and bet… all those UNCCH alumni / fans who don’t care about alarmingly low black athletes graduation rates (or rehiring Mack Brown) also don’t “give a damn” about Silent Sam any more.

Maybe they care about a 100 year old campus landmark but they know “Chihuahua” and her Merry Band of Trustees will screw it up somehow because …

Maybe “they” could stick SSam in a corner of that spanking new $32,000,000 IPF?  All of those black athletes, most of who won’t graduate, but who cares, could see it every day and be reminded how clever their university’s administrators are?

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Doug

As my sister (UNC 76) says, “These days my university is turning out a lot of (questionably) highly educated baristas and Uber drivers.”

Robert
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Robert

And now the crazies are striking? What gives with the idiots in CH?

UNCBlue
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UNCBlue

TGU was most likely the final straw for many alums acceptance of the UNC hypocrisy. Are UNC Admin sociological or marketing or administrative geniuses. Pick just one. Bringing in illiterates to entertain our studentry and fat ass fat cats is the ultimate in offensiveness.

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fayettewuf

There are those in the Wolfpack Nation that believe that the cheating started when Hinton James claimed to have hiked from Wilmington to qualify for the intercollegiate hiking title, but in fact used a horse part of the way. I think that Smith probably pushed for an AFAM program because he realized that he was not exactly recruiting Larry Millers and Rusty Clarks later in his tenure. I think that program was fertile for a system to evolve. Evolve it evidently did. Smith, Brown, Davis, Williams or their minions used it to their advantage IMHO.

wolfdon
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wolfdon

Agree whole heartedly with your response to BK regarding the origin and author of the TGU and that MB’s, only involvement was that he and some of his players benefited from the curriculum therein. Still , there is the irony that he is coming back to replace a coach who was burdened throughout from the outfall of that situation while he himself {MB} benefitted from it. . As to the GSR of both schools being nothing to brag about, I always thought that a low rating might be a plus as far as academic integrity goes. Since the pool of… Read more »

Robert. Kennel
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Robert. Kennel

Comment back to Doug…
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Never said Brown was the originator of TGU any more than Dean Smith. However with 6-7 times more athletes than Smith, Brown should have known. The academic scam was in place since the early ’90’s
Same comment about Roy as well.
Good blog with good responses.

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

Satterfield to Louisville…sigh.

(In the run up to, and typing of this comment: No snot was slung. No spittle was sprayed. One tooth was slightly gnashed. Sackcloth and ashes are on standby.)

Doug
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Doug

The author on the UNC black athlete graduation rates is Davis Winkie. If his name was Winkie Davis I probably would have thought the article was from The Onion. Regardless I’m sure Winkie will receive the similar support from Old South headquarters as Jay Smith and Mary Willingham did for their good work trying to better the lives of student athletes. . Re: Hallmark Christmas movies. I’ve discovered Lifetime & Freeform TV channel Christmas movies too. Those two options come in handy when Christmas In Evergreen repeats showing about 4 times in as many days. Netflix also has Christmas movie… Read more »

Former96Heel
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Former96Heel

If they want Sam in a place where nobody will see him, roll him out at Kenan in the 4th quarter, and only the 4th quarter. Only Fred and Ethel hang around until then anyway. That the someone would suggest a mausoleum for him way over there is proof enough that reality does not exist in academia. . Was the grad rate pre- or post- Uncle Julius? If they need to get it back up, I am sure he will come back, for a price. . The N&O printing a piece like that (and I don’t need to read it),… Read more »

Dale
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Dale

Those in charge in Durham are efficient: capitulate quickly and earnestly, avoid the agony, arrests, and most of the public ridicule… Of course, sometimes it just does not work out….

Tracie.Wilmington
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Tracie.Wilmington

BobLee: How stupid do Chihuahua & Her Trustees think we are?

09Lobo
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09Lobo

Scathingly spot on.
Kindly share the photos of the “inappropriately” dressed females
with us…your faithful hangers-on.
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PS. Do you have any concept how absurd those #s are (and THEY ARE the #s!)?
Construction $5,300,000
Annual care taking $800,000
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I’m trying to digest how an administration that believes that project to be a reasonable, financially sound idea ARE THE SAME people with whom we entrust with OUR funds. I just cannot fathom how this will go largely unnoticed. My God.

LRP
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LRP

BTW….does anyone really care about how many people graduate from any of the UNC organizations/departments/teams? I never think about it…don’t really care….
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it’s all about bragging rights, anyway, yes? Hell, I matriculated from UNC and went on to sell horizontal patient support systems…..I could have, I guess, opened up a Poli Sci shop, too, but, after graduation, and a stab at coaching 17-21 year old kids ( mostly, white ), I enrolled in the Graduate School of Hard Knocks….been knocking on doors, since.

Dale
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Dale

Rather than the IPF, Silent Sam should be put in front of Kenan Stadium, now known as “Not that Kenan, the other Kenan” Stadium.

Or, put Sam back on his pedestal, and change his name to “Not that Silent Sam, a different Silent Sam.”

58 Wolf Kennel
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58 Wolf Kennel

Well, December did bring us the new Valvano Arena inside Reynolds Coliseum.
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As I mentioned before, Mack Brown was at the start of TGU. But maybe your gang of seven don’t care about that either.
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Your war on words for Silent Sam as UNC-CH’s most famous “homeless war veteran” is priceless. Hope all your UNC-CH friends find a common sense solution.

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unctarheel1984

Here is the information on S-A graduation rates, BLS. No one from UNC or NCSU has room to crow. Are some folks really arguing over which school is last and which school is next to last. As Pepé LePew famously said, “lé sigh”.
http://amp.newsobserver.com/sports/article221656885.html

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Two comments… First…thanks for the Heads UP on UofMD HFBC Mike Locksley. Obviously the THREE attributes (Sexual Assault; Physical Assault; & Losing Record) will be part of the newly launched $1.5 BILLION fund raising campaign that was shut down after the Board of Regents reinstated Durkin. NOTE…that SAME BoR wanted to put in Gary (I won a NCAA Ring) Williams as PRESIDENT….as he was “liked”. And the UoMD AD passed over Matt Canada who got the outstanding OC of the Year award whilst at Pitt and was hired by LSU…See #3 on the list below… . https://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/the-worst-college-football-coaches-of-all-time.html/ . Second….as to… Read more »

Wild at Heart
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Wild at Heart

I have been amazed at the money available from UNC to do things like pay people not to coach, spin TGU, reduce stadium size, and guard statues. I will happily guard Silent Sam for half of what they propose. I saw a photo of the inside of the new indoor practice facility and low and behold they have the “Jump Man”, aka Michael Jordan, very prominent on the wall next to the logo. That is bound to impress a FOOTBALL recruit.
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We need to do lunch after the holiday business. Lots to catch up on.

One.of.Seven
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One.of.Seven

As a member of the gang of 7 I would have commented but I knew you would recall that a similar report several decades ago led to the creation of the AfAm Department and we all know how well that turned out.